KARACHI: Sindh Chief Secretary Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah said on Wednesday that the provincial government had planned to set up three more Special Economic Zones (SEZs) in the province under Public-Private partnership (PPP) mode.
“These proposed SEZs will be established at Naushehro Feroze, Bolhari and Navena,” he told a 33-member delegation of the Advanced Diplomatic Course at his office.
The delegation comprised under-training ambassadors of 33 countries including Afghanistan, South Africa, Iraq, Bahrain, Morocco, Nepal, Palestine, Sudan, Ukraine, Yemen, Zambia, Maldives, Sri Lanka and others.
Shah informed the foreign delegates that the proposed SEZs were in addition to the Korangi Special Economic Zone, the Bin Qasim Special Economic Zone and the Khairpur Special Economic Zone.
Another important project Dhabeji Special Economic Zone was also in progress to be set up under CPEC, the CS told the trainee diplomats.
“We have established a coal-fired power plant in Thar desert that is producing 660mw electricity and contributing to the national grid,” Shah said, adding Thar coal reserves were sufficient enough to produce a 100,000 megawatts electricity for 300 years.
Besides coal, Sindh could produce 50,000mw electricity through wind corridor as it had added 1,200mw power to the system in the last two years, the CS added.
Briefing the diplomats on the annual development outlay of the province, he said Rs284 billion had been earmarked for the development schemes during fiscal year FY20.
“The provincial government is focusing on the development projects of Karachi wherein at least 20 out of 40 mega projects including roads, storm water drains, underpasses, and flyovers have been completed so far.”
The Sindh CS also briefed the delegation about the WB-funded project that was aimed at improving the capacity and performance of civic bodies like solid waste management authority, and water and sewerage board.
“The government has also initiated work on improving transport system in Karachi that includes Yellow Line, Red Line, while efforts are underway to revive the Karachi Circular Railway under CPEC,” he said.